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How Dull Ocean Stones Are Transformed Into Colorful Masterpieces

How Dull Ocean Stones Are Transformed Into Colorful Masterpieces

Elspeth McLean cannot turn stones into bread, but she can transform them into art that’s nothing short of divine.

With acrylic paint, small sable paintbrushes, and formidable patience, the Australian artist creates radiating patterns of intensely colored dots on the stones she collects from the ocean shores of Canada. The result? Gorgeous, colorful mandalas.

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According to Elspeth, who is currently based in Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada with her husband, she achieves the brilliant colors her works are known for by applying her paint generously multiple times. She sticks with her medium, acrylic paint, because it dries fast without losing vibrancy, allowing her to add layers upon layers of color.

Elspeth’s stones all display her signature painting style she calls “dotillism”. She finds drawing her mandalas’ hundreds of tiny dots meditative, perfect for someone who wants her work to connect people with their inner child.

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On her personal website, Elspeth explains the philosophy behind her art.

She writes, “By using bright and vivid colors and intricate dot work style, the artwork I create becomes a direct expression of my experience of life. I tend to focus on the more uplifting and beautiful aspects of this world because I think there is already enough darkness. This mindset helps me keep alert, in the moment, and I try to see the positive aspect in any situation.”

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With her vibrant imagination, keen attention to details, and a belief in the healing power of art, Elspeth has earned a name for herself and quite a following.

Her colorful creations, which she sells in her Etsy shop, have grabbed the attention of many. In fact, her mandala stones have become so popular that she requests those who already have one to resist buying for now so new customers would have more of a chance to get a stone of their own. Imagine that!

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If you want one of Elspeth’s colorful mandala stones but find none available, don’t fret. Elspeth posts more stones for sale every few days. Just cross your fingers and stalk her Etsy shop and Facebook page religiously. Her designs also appear on mugs, tote bags, clothes, floor rugs, and even laptop skins. You can buy these products from her online store.

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                            Last Updated on July 18, 2019

                            10 Small Changes To Make Your House Feel Like A Home

                            10 Small Changes To Make Your House Feel Like A Home

                            Your house is more than just a building that you live in. It should be a home that makes you feel welcome as soon as you open the front door.

                            Making your house feel like a home is not something that simply happens on its own. You need to make some changes to a house when you move in, to give it that cozy, warm feeling that turns it into a true home. To help you speed the process, follow this guide to 10 small changes to make your house feel like a home.

                            1. Make the Windows Your Own

                            When you move into a home, they often come with boring Venetian blinds or less than attractive curtains.

                            One of the best ways you can instantly warm your home and make it showcase your style is to add some new window dressing. Adding beautiful curtains not only improves your home’s appearance, but it can also help to control the temperature.

                            2. Put up Some Art

                            If you have a lot of bare walls in your home, it will seem sterile no matter how beautiful your paint or wallpaper is.

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                            Hanging art on the walls will instantly give it personality and make it feel like home.

                            3. Improve the Aroma

                            A house that is not filled with inviting smells will never feel like a home. There are loads of ways you can make your home smell nice. There are tons of air fresheners on the market you can use.

                            Incense and scented candles are a nice option as well. Don’t forget that baking in a home is also a great way to fill it with an aroma that instantly smells like home as soon as you open the front door.

                            4. Put out Lots of Pillows and Throws

                            A great way to make your home look warm and inviting is to place lots of pillows and throws out on the furniture. It is much better to have too many pillows than not enough.

                            There is nothing like the feeling of sinking into a cushiony pillow that feels like a cloud to make you feel like you are at home.

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                            5. Instantly Class up Your Closet

                            If your closet is filled with wire or plastic hangers, it will never truly feel homey. To instantly make your closet feel classy, change out your old hangers for wooden ones.

                            Not only do they look great, but they are better for hanging your clothes as well.

                            6. Improve Your Air Quality

                            One of the most overlooked ways to make your house feel more like a home is to improve its air quality.

                            The easiest and best way to upgrade the air quality in your home is to change the old, dirty filters in your furnace regularly. Get some air filters delivered to your home so that you always have some on hand.

                            7. Fill it with Plants

                            Another way to improve the air quality in your home is to fill it with plants. You should have plants in every room of your home.

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                            They help to improve the air quality and they look beautiful. As well as making your home appear homier, plants also help to boost your mood and lower your stress levels.

                            8. Change the Doorknobs

                            Most people don’t really give their doorknobs a second thought unless they are broken. That is a shame because changing your doorknobs is an easy way to add personality to your home.

                            Changing your old, boring doorknobs to new ones that are works of art will instantly brighten your home.

                            9. Upgrade Your Tub or Shower

                            There is nothing like luxuriating in a whirlpool bath or steam shower to make the cares of the day melt away. Your family deserves a bit of luxury when they are in their bathroom.

                            Install a new shower or tub today to make your bathroom worthy of a place in your home.

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                            10. Fresh Cut Flowers

                            You can make any room in your house feel homier by placing a vase full of beautiful flowers in it. The gorgeous look and intoxicating aroma of fresh cut flowers will immediately brighten your day when you encounter them.

                            You don’t have to make all these changes at once. Try one or two a day though, and your house will feel like a home before you know it. The trick is to constantly keep adding these homey touches to make your home a place worthy of its name.

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